Stanford University Libraries has just acquired access to a few new databases for scholars working on French and Italian topics!
What exactly happened in Turkey last month and what is happening at this moment? What kind of historical events led up to it? You can find information on the history of the Turkish government and politics in SearchWorks.
On May 28, 2013 a peaceful sit-in at Gezi Park in Taksim, Istanbul was disrupted by police and resulted in a number of deaths and many injuries. The sit-in was a response to an announcement made by the government for plans to demolish the small park and replace it with a shopping mall. After the violent police reaction, many other protests about governmental personal liberty infringements in Turkey formed and grew into movements.
These movements emulate the Occupy movements from the western world and are rapidly spreading throughout the rest of Turkey (Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Trabzon, Samsun Edirne, and many other cities). The popular Turkish band “Kardeş Türküler” has even produced a protest video on YouTube. Social media outlets, especially Twitter, are playing an important part in the quick distribution of public information. In response, Prime Minister Erdogan called Twitter a “menace.”
For current English-language news about the situation in Turkey we have links to daily online newspapers and their Facebook and Twitter accounts as well:
- Hurriyet Daily News website, Twitter: @HDNER, Hurriyet Daily News Facebook page
- Today’s Zaman website, Twitter: @todayszamancom, Today's Zaman Facebook page
- Twitter hashtags to follow: #OccupyGezi and #DirenGeziParki
- A timeline of the events as explained by the Hurriyet Daily News
- Photos of the Occupy movement collected on a tumblr site
[Update #1: I added links to the OnlineBooks site at UPenn for historic materials from the "United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities" and "United States. National Security Agency -- History." OnlineBooks site pulls together digital material from HathiTrust and Internet Archive with items in your library's catalog. Very nice indeed! Thanks John Mark Ockerbloom at UPenn for the suggestion!]
There has been an ongoing series of bombshell reports this past week about the recently leaked news that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting wholesale Americans' phone communications, email- and internet traffic in several top-secret programs -- most notably the program called PRISM, which seems to be an outgrowth of the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program defunded by Congress in 2003 after a huge public outcry. The best coverage so far has been by the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald and the Washington Post. But there's also been a document dump by the Web group Anonymous (http://pastebin.com/MPpT7xaf) as well as analysis and reports by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Democracy Now.
We thought it'd be helpful to point to some library and information resources in an effort to help the Stanford community and the public wrap their heads around the complex issues surrounding the NSA revelations.
Laws and government acronyms:
- Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
- USA PATRIOT Act
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- Total Information Awareness (TIA)
Ongoing news coverage about the NSA and its secret program:
- NSA's Prism surveillance program: how it works and what it can do
- Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations
- NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things' – video
- NSA surveillance: anger mounts in Congress at 'spying on Americans'
- The NSA Files
- U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program
- ACLU sues over NSA surveillance program
- National Security Agency coverage from DemocracyNow
- Earlier Denials Put Intelligence Chief in Awkward Position
Library materials and resources to gather news and historical context:
- Subject: United States National Security Agency
- National Security Agency declassified
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports on NSA, FISA and related topics
- United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities
- United States. National Security Agency -- History
- Access World News
- Digital National Security Archive
- Lexis Nexis (for both news and analysis from Law Review journals)
SUL Library Systems will upgrade Symphony to the latest SirsiDynix release, Symphony 3.4.1 SP3, during the period June 21-22.
During the upgrade, WorkFlows, Socrates and My Account functionality will be unavailable. SearchWorks will still be available throughout the upgrade, however request links and availability status will not be functioning.
The upgrade will start on Friday, June 21 at 9pm, and should be complete by 9am Saturday, June 22 (before any libraries open.) All staff who use WorkFlows should check their e-mail before logging on to the system after this time. An announcement of upgrade completion will be sent, including instructions for updating the WorkFlows client.
The New York Times program offering 24 hour daily online passes is not available this summer.
This program will resume in the fall.
The best online source for the current issues (latest two weeks) is Factiva - a database which also has the latest issues of Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Times (London), and more. The New York Times: archive offers articles from 1851-2009 from ProQuest.
We have these newspapers and many more in the Information Center of Green Library.
Stanford's 2013 Commencement speaker is Michael Bloomberg, who since 2002 has served as Mayor of New York City. You can read about Mayor Bloomberg and about Commencement Weekend in this article from the Stanford Report and on the 2013 Commencement website.
Stanford University Press will hold an overstock book sale, today, Tuesday, June 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be lots of books to browse and buy. Paperbacks will sell for $5; cloth bound for $10. The sale takes place at Koret Park, between Green and Meyer libraries.
With the University Archives making more and more collections available online, I'd like to take the opportunity to highlight some of the novel ways in which these materials are being used by researchers. What follows is a recent report from Ed Feigenbaum, Kumagai Professor of Computer Science Emeritus, about how his papers in particular are yielding interesting connections: